James Blake To Head

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  1. Djoker_69

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    American james blake looks like he is going to
    be the next head poster boy after this..

    http://www.head.com/tennis/news.php?region=eu&id=1762

    Maybe he will be the poster boy for the new youtek ineggra rackets?
     
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  2. courtking

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    surprised news.. I just wonder why HEAD wasted times on Blake?.. I would rather look for some top juniors and develop weapons for them
     
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  3. jmverdugo

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    I think this is very good for Blake, I hope to see him on the top 50 by the end of next year.
     
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  4. Praetorian

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    Sounds like he found a team dedicated to matching the specifications of his dwindling supply of rackets. I wonder though, say they do find something that works - will they mass produce the exact specs, or create a racket with the specs they think people want, and just paint it so?
     
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  5. DudeBro

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    He's starting to look like Ricky Williams.
     
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    I noticed that he's sporting the Head logo on his frames from some pics from last week's tournament in Stockholm.....

    [​IMG]
     
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    Product success (i.e. racquet success) via player endorsements isn't always about ranking numbers. Blake is a very well liked and respected guy, not to mention extremely well spoken. That means a lot more to the buying public than if they're favorite player is in the top ten, and big retailers know that. It's about where the love is. It's probably a decent win for Head in my opinion.
     
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    Agree with scruckauf. Blake is very well respected for many things such as being an athlete, well educated and for me inspirational after reading his book and learning about the stuff he has been through.
     
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  10. TheSouthPaw

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    anyone notice black strings here, or am i just crazy?

    i see a head buttcap too
     
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  11. Edberg

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    I was disappointed to see Blake switching around racquet companies so much. He should have stuck with Wilson. With his flat forehand aggressive baseline game they seem to suit his game.
     
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    Since Dunlop wasn't willing to do much for him I think he will get the perfect reacket for him. He likes that classic player frame with a soft feel, so Head is the best fit, much better then wilson.
     
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    yeah I guess its cool that Head is willing to pay blake to put their name on his dunlops....
    Just like they did with mauresmo
     
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  14. marosmith

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    WRONG.

    He ran out of his Dunlops and asked them to make more, they wouldn't. He switched.
     
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  15. rz250r

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    Changing a racket only, never get a championship.
     
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  16. Fearsome Forehand

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    If a Head racket can show him not to choke in big matches, maybe it will work out. :)

    I think Blake is done. He played terribly last year (15-16) and has a hard time staying healthy. His ranking is gone so he has to fight his way through draws now. A much tougher row to hoe. He is ranked 125 at present.

    I doubt if Head spent much money on him. But, he still has a following in America so maybe he will sell a few extra rackets for them.

    I would think Head's money would be better spent on a rising 20 year old than a fading 30 year old. I assume Blake's endorsement deal is tied to his ranking and is not for significant dollars unless his ranking improves considerably.

    I wonder if he will just use the Head pro mold like Soderling does. And I wonder if the head guard will say Dunlop like his Prince rackets did. :)

    Edit: I just read the linked article. Doesn't read like Blake has an endorsement deal but rather Head is humoring him and letting him use their customization services in Austria. For all we know, Head is charging Blake for those services.

    If the Head thing doesn't work out, he can always go to Vantage's website or do an endorsement deal with MegaAge.
     
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  17. NLBwell

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    If he's putting the logo on his rackets I'm sure they aren't charging him.
     
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  18. Tennisguy777

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    Yeah something like a PT630 or PT57x! If they're really making one up from scratch for him, that would be impressive. He's a good guy always got to root for the good guys.

    From the above pic that frame looks spot on like his Dunlop from the head / throat shape to the grip shape. Hope it works out for him.
     
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  19. zspyderman

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    Exactly what happened. not only they took weeks to deliver, but the Dunlops are not consistent and they all play different. Every Dunlop player complains about that. They suck!
     
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    I'm sure HEAD is happy to make some great custom frames for him, but I seriously doubt they signed a "big" contract with him.
     
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    Anyone else hear can't stand that Fila clothing they make him wear???
    Gives him a barge ass, and so droopy and big. looks so stupid LOL
     
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  22. Tennisguy777

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    is that a pocket on shirt? Wow!
     
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  23. Praetorian

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    Contrary to what you think, I like this outfit. Dunno about a barge ass, as a straight dude, I'm don't particularly check out other dudes buttock. But hey, different stroke for different folks...:twisted:
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    I am very surprised HEAD is admitting to manufacturing custom racquets for Blake in Kennelbach, Austria.
    Blake felt the time might be right, and agreed to the proposal. On his way from the US to the Stockholm Open, James and his coach started the testing programme in Kennelbach. During his visit, the personable American took advantage of the chance to meet with HEAD technicians, see how the racquets are manufactured and generally get a feel for the company.

    From the initial development stage of inputting his personal data into the computer to the drafting of technical specifications for production of his new racquet, Blake asked his questions and was given detailed explanations about the entire process. He was impressed with what he saw and learned. "I never thought what effect even small changes in the structure of the racquet can have," he said.

    The player spent four days in Kennelbach taking every opportunity to test various racquet configurations. The first session began with 11 models of different weights, balance points and flexibility. From this group, he selected three prototypes which were revised overnight and ready for more testing the next day. In three other testing sessions Blake played the potential racquets under competitive conditions, which brought further insights..........

    "It was inconceivable for me to find a racquet in three days, which corresponds to the way I play and the way I move," said an amazed Blake, who could barely contain his praise of the technical wizards in Austria. "What the HEAD team has managed is really incredible. I have full confidence in them."

    http://www.head.com/tennis/news.php?region=eu&id=1762
    It just goes to show what HEAD is capable of. The Prestige Pro 600/Prestige Classic 600, i.Prestige MP, and Pro Tour 630 are testaments of their abilities!
     
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    Well, don't forget that prior to buying half of Volkl, Boris Becker paid Head to produce a number of his old Puma frames for him. They did so in Austria.
     
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    they probably just grabbed some PT's and were like
    "here!; dummy"
     
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  27. morten

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    held his racket 4 days ago and it is a blacked out pres 600 shape with lead from 7 to 11 an vise versa.. and an amazing amount of lead inside throat, like 5-6 wide layers on each side..
     
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  28. vsbabolat

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    Yes, but at that time back in 1995 HEAD was manufacturing all of their racquets in Kennelbach for the consumer. So it was not a big deal. Now the consumer gets outsourced made in China.

    Also the World Champion Limited Edition racquet that Boris Becker sold was also mad by HEAD in Kennelbach, Austria.
     
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  29. Figjam

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    ??? that racket is not a 600, its definatley an MP in the photos anyway, besides theres no CAP
     
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  30. vsbabolat

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    I would think it would be a 630cm2 head size. And the old Dunlop that Blake used was a very similar mold to the HEAD 630cm2 mold of the current Prestige MP
     
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  31. decades

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    guy outside top 150 may get some free racquets every now and then but they sure aren't going to be signed to endorsement contracts.
     
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    actually that sounds exactly what Head wants to do: sign Blake in January 2011, if not before!
    They would not spend all this time with him at Kennelbach if they didn't think he could make it back... thanks for the info vsbabolat!
     
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    This move will ressurrect HEAD back into the more advanced player's raquet market and out of the hands of the 3.5 crowds.

    Blake is skyrocketing up the rankings.

    Good move for Head and Blake.

    [​IMG]
     
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  34. ryushen21

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    What I was thinking as well.

    But is that really saying that they are making him a new frame or that the specifications that he had was being matched to their current TGK frames and he was given several of those to try out?
     
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    Verdasco and Davydenko are top 10 and probably collectively have not sold more than a handful of rackets worldwide. Rankings "sometimes" mean nothing when it comes to endorsements.
     
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    very true...
     
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    i really like it, loose fit look so cool IMO,,,
     
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    I thought he played his best tennis in a long time with the fed staff...maybe just because it was early in the season...good luck to him.
     
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    Fila stuff and the TR line in particular, is actually quite good and great quailty. It fits well too - assuming you choose the right size. Blake seems to prefer loose fitting stuff - so don't blame Fila blame him if you don't like the look. Fila doesn't "make" him wear anything. James is involved in the design of the stuff he wears as well.
     
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    they spent a few hours with him. they know he is now out of the top 100 and falling and over 30 now. Not exactly where they are going to be investing contract $$$$. You want sticks from us? yes. You want money from us? no.
     
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    Blake will be using the new Biomimetic dunlops that come out next month!!!!
     
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    Pretty sure it would be something like we will make you your own rackets in return for us showing publicly we are together, see how ur ranking goes then we will talk money. He is a clever guy and knows he needs the right racket and obviously is struggling to get a company to make them as he wants. Be interesting to see what happens with the paint though as if they were going to sign him and try yo get him to endorse a current model they would have said he is play testing a new head frame, they dont say this. They seem to just be saying we make the best frames, Blake has come to us and look at what where doing. Interesting move from both groups. Seems weird that if he was this desperate to keep his old frames he would have stuck with Dunlop and they would have kept making his old frames.
     
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  43. vsbabolat

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    Blake felt the time might be right, and agreed to the proposal. On his way from the US to the Stockholm Open, James and his coach started the testing programme in Kennelbach. During his visit, the personable American took advantage of the chance to meet with HEAD technicians, see how the racquets are manufactured and generally get a feel for the company.

    From the initial development stage of inputting his personal data into the computer to the drafting of technical specifications for production of his new racquet, Blake asked his questions and was given detailed explanations about the entire process. He was impressed with what he saw and learned. "I never thought what effect even small changes in the structure of the racquet can have," he said.

    The player spent four days in Kennelbach taking every opportunity to test various racquet configurations. The first session began with 11 models of different weights, balance points and flexibility. From this group, he selected three prototypes which were revised overnight and ready for more testing the next day. In three other testing sessions Blake played the potential racquets under competitive conditions, which brought further insights..........

    "It was inconceivable for me to find a racquet in three days, which corresponds to the way I play and the way I move," said an amazed Blake, who could barely contain his praise of the technical wizards in Austria. "What the HEAD team has managed is really incredible. I have full confidence in them."

    http://www.head.com/tennis/news.php?region=eu&id=1762
     
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  44. PED

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    From what I've read, it appears Dunlop was unwilling to make them anymore.
     
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  45. ngtaj88

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    I don't think it was because Dunlop was unwilling... I heard it was more along the lines that Blake and Berdych wanted the same racquets they've always used but when Dunlop made them, the materials used weren't the same as before because the materials are very scarce now. In result, the racquet felt quite different and Blake and Berdych weren't satisified even though Dunlop used the same mold.
     
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    ^^Ah, that makes sense. I guess the 3 main users of that mold in the last few years were Haas (moved to Head), Berdych (moved to Head) and Blake (now moved to Head).

    I could see that Dunlop likely felt it wasn't worth the effort with the 2 players reaching the tail end of their careers(Blake and Haas) but Berdych appears to have been worth it with his form this summer.
     
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  47. prestige08

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    does anyone else have some info on this ineggra?
     
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    i think that is fake head. It really looks like the NEW Donnay racket...
     
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  50. himynameisNIKE

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    sounds like he'll be getting a lot of head ;)
     
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